friable

[frahy-uh-buhl]
adjective
easily crumbled or reduced to powder; crumbly: friable rock.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin friābilis, equivalent to friā(re) to rub, crumble + -ābilis -able

friability, friableness, noun
unfriable, adjective
unfriableness, noun

friable, fryable.


fragile, frangible.
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friable (ˈfraɪəbəl)
 
adj
easily broken up; crumbly
 
[C16: from Latin friābilis, from friāre to crumble; related to Latin fricāre to rub down]
 
fria'bility
 
n
 
'friableness
 
n

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friable
1560s, from L. friabilis "easily crumbled or broken," from friare "rub away, crumble into small pieces," related to fricare "to rub."
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friable fri·a·ble (frī'ə-bəl)
adj.

  1. Readily crumbled; brittle.

  2. Relating to a dry, brittle growth of bacteria.

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Example sentences
Many of the miscellaneous materials in this section are non-friable.
The upper part of the subsoil is friable sandy clay loam mottled with red.
Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.
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